LDF

  • Politician-humourist Innocent's cancer ward memoir now a part of Kerala state syllabus textbook June 14, 2014

    Thiruvananthapuram: After winning the Lok Sabha polls as an LDF-independent, actor and humourist Innocent has earned another credit with Kerala Government including in an school textbook excerpts from the memoir he penned when he underwent treatment for cancer. Innocent, who survived cancer just a few months before he plunged into the...
  • LS polls: UDF retains Kerala, Tharoor wins by a small margin May 17, 2014

    Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala is probably the only state where a Congress-led alliance has reached a double digit. The Congress-led United Democratic Front which had ruled the roost in Kerala in 2009 Lok Sabha elections, has won 12 seats; while the Left Democratic Front has won 7 seats in southern state. An Independent...
  • Poll outcome in Kerala to be crucial for Oommen Chandy May 15, 2014

    Thiruvananthapuram: With less than 24 hours to go for counting, the results of the 20 Lok Sabha seat in Kerala will have its impact on the internal dynamics of the ruling Congress-led UDF and Opposition LDF though two more years are left for the state Assembly elections. It is all the...
  • Lok Sabha polls: Kerala records 70 per cent voter turnout till 5 pm April 10, 2014

    Thiruvananthapuram: 57.3 per cent voting was registered till 3 pm in all the 20 Lok Sabha constituencies in Kerala on Thursday. Voters began to trickle in most of the polling stations as soon as the polling began at 7 am, to choose their representatives for the 16th Lok Sabha. At many...
  • LS polls: Can UDF repeat its 2009 show in Kerala, can BJP win a seat? April 9, 2014

    Thiruvananthapuram: The state of Kerala is all set to go for polls in all 20 constituencies on April 10. With high voltage election campaigns coming to an end on April 8, both the LDF (Left Democratic Front) and UDF (United Democratic Front) are hoping to improve their performance. Political experts in...
  • BJP's Rajagopal hopeful of winning Thiruvananthapuram April 8, 2014

    BJP veteran O Rajagopal, engaged in a hard battle with the UDF and LDF contestants in Thiruvananthapuram to end his party's electoral jinx in Kerala, said the wind was blowing in his way this time due to a host of factors including the enthusiasm generated for the party's Prime Minister...
  • Shashi Tharoor accused of bribing pastors in a bid to buy Christian votes April 7, 2014

    Thiruvananthapuram: In what could spell major trouble for the parliamentary ambitions of Union Minister Shashi Tharoor, the Left Democratic Front (LDF) and the BJP have filed a complaint with the Election Commission against the United Democratic Front candidate Shashi Tharoor stating that he had violated the election code of conduct. Their...
  • Kerala poll tracker: UDF ahead with 11-17 seats, LDF 4-8 April 1, 2014

    The ruling Congress led United Democratic Front (UDF) is likely to retain its hold over Kerala. According to CNN-IBN-CSDS-Lokniti national election tracker, the UDF is expected to get 11-17 seats in the Lok Sabha elections. The main opposition, CPM led Left Democratic Front (LDF) is likely to get just 4-8...
  • Thiruvananthapuram: Tharoor faces stiff competition from BJP, Left March 26, 2014

    Thiruvananthapuram: Minister of State for Human resources Shashi Tharoor is facing stiff competition from the Left Front and the Bharatiya Janata Party in Thiruvananthapuram. Warm handshakes, sipping tea and posing for photographs is the mood on the streets of Thiruvananthapuram when Shashi Tharoor goes out to meet people. Tharoor is...
  • MA Baby vs NK Premachandran: Friends turn foes in Kollam constituency March 24, 2014

    Kollam: An unusual battle is taking place in the Kollam Lok Sabha constituency in Kerala where the CPIM's MA Baby is pitted against his former comrade who is being fielded by the UDF. With red garlands, crackers and warm handshakes, former minister MA Baby starts his day early, walking down...
  • Kerala: PC Chacko, MA Baby, O Rajagopal file papers for LS polls March 20, 2014

    Thiruvananthapuram: With just two days left for the close of nominations for the April 10 Lok Sabha polls in Kerala, several prominent candidates of ruling Congress-led UDF, opposition LDF and BJP on Thursday entered the fray. Congress leader PC Chacko, who headed the JPC on 2G spectrum allocation, filed papers in...
  • After Lok Sabha polls, LDF will vanish: Congress March 20, 2014

    With no anti-incumbency factor visible in Kerala, the problem-ridden LDF, a coalition of Opposition parties in the southern state, will vanish after the polls, a senior state Congress minister said on Thursday. Addressing reporters here at an election-related programme organised by the Thiruvananthapuram Press Club, Home Minister and former state Congress...
  • Kerala LS polls: Tharoor ahead in race, AAP may not open account March 19, 2014

    Thiruvananthapuram: With less than a month for the state to go to polls, the parties have begun their campaigns in full vigour. Political speeches, loudspeakers announcing the quality of the candidates, election conventions, and candidates visiting voters are the order of the day. Political analysts feel that the electoral climate is...
  • LS polls: Shashi Tharoor files nomination in Thiruvananthapuram March 18, 2014

    Union minister Shashi Tharoor on Tuesday filed his nomination as a Congress candidate from the Lok Sabha seat here. Tharoor filed his papers before District Collector Biju Prabhakar. The seat is likely to witness a three-cornered fight among sitting MP Tharoor, CPI's Bennet Abraham and O Rajagopal of BJP. Abraham, the...
  • Kerala: Contestants turn to social media for LS poll campaigning March 18, 2014

    Catching up with changing trends, several candidates in Kerala, including Union Minister Shashi Tharoor, are turning to social media, which appears to be a more effective campaign tool. Though several other contestants for the April 10 Lok Sabha polls from different political formations and parties use social media, Tharoor makes a...
  • Nearly 20 lakh new voters in Kerala March 15, 2014

    Nearly 20 lakh more voters will be exercising their franchise in Kerala in the April 10 Lok Sabha polls compared to parliamentary elections held in 2009. According to the present electoral roll, the total number of voters in the state is 2,37,92,270 against 2,18,59,536 in the previous period. Of the total,...
  • LS polls: CPI-M announces 15 candidates from Kerala March 13, 2014

    The Communist Party of India-Marxist has announced its list of 15 candidates from Kerala. The state has 20 Lok Sabha seats. CPI-M which has a strong political base and popular leaders in Kerala has sprung a surprise by shortlisting some independents as its candidates for the general elections. Here is the list Kasargode-...
  • Left in disarray after RSP left it: Kerala CM March 13, 2014

    New Delhi: Days after RSP defected from Left front to join the ruling UDF in Kerala, an upbeat Chief Minister Oomen Chandy on Thursday said the development is a "morale booster" for the Congress-led alliance and reflects disarray and demoralisation in the rival LDF. Seeing it as a "big blow" to...
  • CPI presses Karat for a patch-up after RSP quits LDF in Kerala March 9, 2014

    Worried over RSP quitting the Left Democratic Front in Kerala ahead of Lok Sabha polls, CPI on Sunday asked major partner CPI(M) to show "accommodation" to ensure that there is no break in the alliance. In a letter to Prakash Karat, CPI general secretary S Sudhakar Reddy said the rift between...
  • Parties, coalitions in Kerala busy finalising candidates March 6, 2014

    With the deadline for filing nominations for the April 10 Lok Sabha polls in Kerala fast approaching, political parties have gone into a huddle to finalise contestants for the 20 seats and start a high voltage campaign with local topics figuring as prominently as national issues. While almost all 16 sitting...
  • Western Ghats report may spoil the chances of Congress March 3, 2014

    Thiruvananthapuram: The implementation of Dr K Kasturirangan committee report aimed at preserving the Western Ghats will have its implications in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections with the Congress expected to be the worst sufferer. The hunger strike by the Western Ghats people protection committee has entered the sixth day with...
  • Lok Sabha elections: Alliances in South India February 25, 2014

    New Delhi: Every five years political alliances change in India. Friends turn foes and foes turn friends. Old alliance break and new alliance are forged. Sometimes this drama continues till the last date. Since 1989, India has been a country run by different coalitions. The last single party government was Rajiv...
  • Modi evokes TP Chandersekharan's murder case in his speech February 9, 2014

    Addressing a rally in Thiruvananthapuram, BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi said that if UDF and LDF had not been hand in gloves with each other then the killers of TP Chandrasekharan would have been caught by now. ...
  • 'No case' against Rahul Gandhi for travelling on top of police vehicle in Kerala January 14, 2014

    Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala Police today said that no case will be registered against Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi who travelled on top of a police vehicle today during a rally. A complaint was filed against the Congress leader by a Left Democratic Front (LDF) leader for travelling on top of a...
  • Kerala: Communists stage a walk out over LPG price hike January 6, 2014

    Thiruvananthapuram: The Left Democratic Front walked out of Kerala Assembly over the price rise of LPG cylinders. From January 15, the CPI (M) is organising satyagrahas in at least 10 centres each in all the 140 assembly constituencies. MLA Thomas Issac presented the notice for adjournment motion and said the price...
  • Kerala: Housewife takes on Left workers laying siege to CM's house December 13, 2013

    Thiruvananthapuram: The LDF Leaders were at the receiving end of a housewife's ire in Kerala on Thursday. Sandhya, a local resident reacted strongly against the Left workers laying siege to the official residence of Chief Minister Oommen Chandy demanding his resignation, as the siege had blocked the way to her...
  • Kerala: Left invokes AAP, lays siege to CM's house December 9, 2013

    Thiruvanathapuram: The workers of the Left Democratic Front (LDF) laid siege to cliff house, official residence of the Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, demanding his resignation in the solar scam case. This is the third stage of protest by the Left Front in connection with the scam, earlier in August they...
  • Kerala villagers join LDF's strike on Centre's stand on Western Ghats November 18, 2013

    Thiruvananthapuram: The opposition LDF has called for a state-wide strike protesting against the central government's move to implement the Dr. K Kasturirangan report on Western Ghats. The strike has been peaceful so far. In the hilly areas of Idukki, the people also began a strike by staying on the roads. ...
  • Kerala solar scam: Human rights body asks LDF to call off siege November 8, 2013

    Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala State Human Rights Commission has asked Left Democratic Front (LDF) to back off from their plan to lay an indefinite siege to the Cliff House, Official residence of Chief Minister Oommen Chandy from December 9. The indefinite siege was announced as part of their agitation against the...
  • Kerala: Oommen Chandy discharged from hospital, accuses CPM for incident October 29, 2013

    Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, who was injured in stone pelting during the LDF protest in Kannur, on Tuesday virtually held the CPM responsible for the incident. "Earlier also there had been incidents like hurling of rotten eggs, sticks and stones in various places since the LDF launched their campaign but...